Tell us about Tyne Bank Brewery.
Formed in 2011, Tyne Bank Brewery strives to produce the highest quality beer using the best possible ingredients. We are proud to be at the forefront of a vibrant and growing North East beer scene. Alongside our core bottle and can range that are available online and at the Tap Room, we also have seasonal brews throughout the year. We use our knowledge and expertise to produce a wide variety of ales for our monthly specials, taking inspiration from several different beer styles from across the globe.
What is the most rewarding aspect of running an independent business in the region?
I guess I fell in love with the North East on a social overnight stay organised by Newcastle Chemical Engineering Department in 1989. The friendliness of the region and the love of a great night out made such an impression on my 18-year-old self, that not only did I end up studying here, I never really left. To open a business in this region that allows us to engage with so many people makes me very proud. We feel we have an openness and sense of community in the brewery and this is never more so than in our open view brewery Tap Room in the heart of the Ouseburn. It’s fantastic to breathe life into this old Victorian warehouse where we host such a variety of events.
And the most challenging?
The most challenging aspect of our business is ensuring we can provide what our customers want in terms of flavour and authenticity at a price that gives great value. Historically, beer has been a relatively cheap commodity and addressing the customers perception of the price of a pint, especially in a pub, is one of the industry’s biggest challenges.
What are the short and long-term plans for the business?
The company is in its second phase following the move to the new premises in 2016 and we are very much still learning and growing as we go. As our premises have expanded, this is where we’ve been able to have fun and put on some fantastic events alongside serving our core and seasonal beers. We also have some amazing new beers coming up that we’re very excited to launch.
What advice would you give to anyone with a business idea?
Plan and research. It might sound simple, but you have to test your idea in every way and make sure you have sufficient funds to see you through if things don’t go to plan. Once you are happy, go for it! Never be afraid to ask. Understand what you want and what you need to do to get it, and be prepared to fail, adapt and try again.
What do you like most about living and working in the North East?
Everything seems to be only 20 minutes away; shopping, nightlife, cultural events, countryside, the beautiful coastline and its blue flag beaches, and there is so little traffic. But shh don’t tell anyone, they’ll all move North….
Julia Austin – Founder
Tyne Bank Brewery